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6-1 Discussion: Personality Disorders

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In this module, you will explore the concept of personality disorders.

Often, figures in the public eye are deemed by non-experts to be narcissistic. How would you explain to a friend the difference between high self-esteem, narcissism, and narcissistic personality disorder?

For your initial post, review The Three Subtypes of Narcissistic Personality Disorder and The Psychology of Narcissism. Then choose a historical figure or a character from TV or a movie to answer the following questions:

  • In what way does this person exhibit grandiosity and self-importance?
  • Based on the article, which of the narcissism types most accurately reflects the character of this person?
  • What are the various cognitive, emotional, and environmental causes of narcissistic personality disorders?
  • Why do the diagnostic features of narcissistic personality disorder fall on a spectrum?
  • How does the concept of personality disorders apply to any of the following programmatic themes? You may want to review the Programmatic Themes document.
    • Self-care
    • Social justice
    • Emotional intelligence
    • Career connections
    • Ethics

Remember to respond to two peers while being respectful of and sensitive to their viewpoints. Consider advancing the discussion in the following ways:

  • Engage in conversation with your peers around personality disorders.
  • Consider asking a question or sharing your personal experience.

To complete this assignment, review the Discussion Rubric. You will also need: